For Nigerian UFC’s world champion, Kamaru Usman, it was sweet homecoming as he arrived Abuja to a tumultuous welcome on June 10, 2021.
Usman made a whistle stop in Lagos before traveling to his home state of Edo where he visited family and friends and initiated a community activation plan involving making lives better for the Edo people.
Usman had announced his trip back to Nigeria after his gobsmacked win over teammate, Gilbert Burns at the martial arts Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). The reigning and defending welterweight champion cemented his spot with 14 straight wins, making history as the longest holder of a win-streak in the Welterweight division.
Usman, who has had an epic season so far in the UFC’s welterweight division, is visibly excited to be visiting home post-COVID-19 and to be among his home-based supporters. “I looked at my passport and realized I hadn’t been home since I was a kid, that’s when I knew it was time”.
Commenting on Usman’s homecoming, the Chief Executive Officer, MultiChoice Nigeria, John Ugbe said: “It’s great having Kamaru back home to engage with his fans and give back to his community. The UFC is rapidly becoming one of Nigeria’s favorite sports and we are pleased that through our SuperSport channels on DStv, Nigerians have been able to watch him showcase his skills on a global sports stage. We at MultiChoice Nigeria are excited about telling our Naija stories and Kamaru Usman’s feats in the UFC is a great story worth telling and celebrating.”
Known as “The Nigerian Nightmare” Kamaru Usman has fought in 20 matches in the Mixed Martial Arts; won 19 out of which eight were by knockout, one by submission, nine by decision, while losing only one fight. He is regarded as one of the most iconic faces of the rapidly growing sport.